Foothill High School, at midseason trying to separate itself from the good teams, took a step that way Saturday by manhandling visiting Harvard-Westlake School, 16-2. In a game that some expected to be competitive, it never was as the Knights led 6-1 at halftime and outscored Harvard-Westlake 9-1 in the third quarter.
Foothill used its extraordinary depth to score often and defend well. Nine players scored, led by Nate Marano (Denver), who had five goals and created two turnovers in the transition game. Senior attack Nick Matzek score first and then often, getting all three of his goals in the first half. Middie Warren Case added a goal and five assists. Other scorers were attack Drew Boyd with two goals and attack sophomore Kevin Kodzis (Holy Cross), sophomore middie Matt Harris, middie Jake Haig, middle Ryan Falbo and defenseman Matt Marano with one each.
Foothill’s often embattled defense was kept tight by goalies Hank Lewis and sophomore Ryan Blank; senior Owenn Geis (Gordon College) forced two turnovers and had three groundballs. Sophomore LSM Jared Copeland also had three groundballs.
Harvard-Westlake, 6-3, got goals from Noah Pompan and Roman Hothouse.
Foothill, now 9-1, started the season playing like a team that wanted it more and fell into the habit of looking like it wanted it less. All throughout Saturday’s game, the Knights were back in form. That will matter because next week’s game is against one of the nation’s elite teams, undefeated J Serra.
Courtesy of Foothill Lacrosse